Homicide rate down
OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says police recorded 543 homicides in Canada in 2012, down 55 from the previous year, as the country had its lowest homicide rate since 1966.
The agency said the 2012 homicide rate was 1.56 victims for every 100,000 population—down 10 percent from 2011 and the lowest in four decades.
Alberta had 24 fewer killings, B.C. had 16 fewer, and Saskatchewan dropped by nine.
In 2012, the homicide rate was highest in Nunavut at 14.84 for every 100,000 in the population.
Among the provinces, Manitoba continued to record the highest homicide rate—at 4.10 for every 100,000.
Among solved homicides in 2012, 84 percent of victims were killed by an acquaintance or a family member.
The number of homicides committed by strangers decreased slightly in 2012, resulting in the lowest rate of stranger homicide in more than 40 years.